At Canterbury, children and their families are at the heart of an encouraging and challenging environment, where everyone recognises and celebrates differences, actively communicates the importance of learning and believes that everyone can achieve.
Children are admitted from the waiting list as places become available. Children can attend from both the local area and the Bradford District. Our Admissions Policy has more information.
To apply for a nursery place, please complete our Admissions and Consent Form 2 Year Olds/
and bring it to reception here at the Centre with your child's birth certificate.
There is a waiting list in birth date order which is in-line with Local Authority guidelines for school admissions.
FREE Early Education
Did you know that your 2 year old could qualify for 15 hours of FREE childcare?
Eligible children who are 2 years old can attend good quality early education registered with OFSTED for up to
15 hours a week free. Early education is provided in a range of settings such as Day Nurseries, Pre Schools and Childminders.
Research shows good quality early learning helps children:
- Develop new skills
- Learn to make new friends
- Prepare for school
- Experience exciting new activities like playing with sand and water which may not be so readily available to do at home
To qualify for a free place for a 2 Year old you must evidence that you are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job-seekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The 'Guarantee' element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit and whose earnings from employment are below £16,190
(as evidenced by your most recent final tax credit statement)
- Working Tax Credit and whose earning from employment are below £16,190
FREE Early Education for 3 & 4 Year Olds
Did you know all 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to a FREE Early Education place of 15 hours each week?
We can arrange for your child to access their free Early Education place here at the Centre or at one of our linked providers who offer high quality childcare. This may be either at a Day Nursery, with a Childminder or at a Pre School
Who can access free Early Education
A child born between 1st April and 31st August will be eligible for a free place from the start of the Autumn Term following their 3rd birthday
A child born between 1st September and 31st December will be eligible for a free place from start of the Spring term following their 3rd birthday
A child born between 1st January and 31st March will be eligible for a free place from the start of the Summer Term following their 3rd birthday
Why is Early Education good for your child?
- Helps increase confidence and communication
- Helps them to make friends, work together and be independent
- Helps them to make sense of the world through new and exciting experiences
- Helps prepare them for school
Children with Additional Needs
The Centre has extra funding for children with special needs.
Admissions to this provision are planned by the Early Years Inclusion Panel.
We have specialist staff who work with children from birth to 5 years.
Parents and carers will be consulted and included regarding any additional needs their children may need. Children with special educational needs play and learn alongside all the other children in the nursery. The specialist staff assess their needs and plan and carry out individual and small group activities as necessary. Each child has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
The staff work closely with other professionals such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists. The staff also work closely with parents and carers, as well as professionals, to make sure that each child is supported when they leave to go to their next school. This sometimes involves referral for a Statutory Assessment and in all instances parents will be fully involved.
More information about provision for children can be found in our Inclusion and Achievement Policy.
The Local Offer or Summary of Provision for Children & Young People with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) - for further information - please click on the following link: Local Offer - SEND
Pupil Premium Grant
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and those children who are not. The Government has introduced a Pupil Premium Grant for nursery age children of £300 per pupil. The extra funding is to improve the quality of Early Years education for disadvantaged three and four year olds.
More information can be found in our Pupil Premium Statement